From the Mailbag: Harry Potter

Question: Why doesn’t Harry Potter just wear contacts? –Suzanne Filmore, Sioux Falls

Suzy–Interesting query. Harry does have a distinctive style with those glasses–kind of the foppishly cool look previously perfected by Hugh Grant (also a former Hogwarts student). But do they make sense? Even just a few months into his first year of wizardry, it’s pretty clear that Harry’s going to encounter a number of danger-filled situations. He could lose his glasses at any point during a duel with Voldemort or a dragon chase or during a Quiddich match. Why not get contacts? Or even incorporate some sort of saline-based magic to heal his vision altogether. Surely there’s an equivalent of muggle laser-eye surgery in the wizardry world.